Vick eyed by 49ers, Vikings

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INDIANAPOLIS --- Two teams with unsettled quarterback situations -- the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings -- may be interested in acquiring suspended Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick .

Vick is in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and is scheduled to be released in July. The Falcons have said they will try to trade him, though they could cut him.

San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said Vick deserves the chance to play in the league and believes he will be successful if he returns. He wouldn't say if the 49ers would pursue him.

"He's still under contract, you can't really talk to him or have any contact with him," Singletary said. "Right now, we're just going to look at the quarterbacks we have and go from there."

There might be questions about Vick's sharpness and conditioning because he hasn't played since 2006.

Singletary said the team would likely enter training camp with Shaun Hill as the No. 1 QB.

Minnesota coach Brad Childress said the Vikings are looking for someone to challenge Tarvaris Jackson and are willing to make moves to ensure that it happens. Veteran Gus Frerotte , who started for much of last season before getting injured, isn't sure if he'll return. The Vikings said they would welcome Frerotte back, though he has made it clear he wants to start.

Childress wouldn't confirm or deny interest in Vick.

"I really don't get into hypotheticals because I think there's too much water that's got to happen. I'd cross that bridge when I come to it."

STEELERS: Kicker Jeff Reed has pleaded guilty to disorderly contest and criminal mischief after police say he broke a towel dispenser in a convenience store.

Reed pleaded guilty to the two summary offenses, which are similar to traffic tickets, on Friday. He was fined $543.50.

BILLS: Running back Marshawn Lynch was charged with three gun-related misdemeanors Thursday after his arrest last week in Southern California.

Lynch was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with possessing a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm, police said. Lynch's arraignment is scheduled for March 3.

COURTS: A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday for the man accused of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in a drive-by shooting.

Willie D. Clark , 25, is charged with first-degree murder and 38 other counts in the New Years Day 2007 slaying. District Judge Christina M. Habas entered the plea on Clark's behalf after rejecting defense attorneys' request for a two-month delay.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/21/09 - 07:23 am
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Vick made some truly stupid

Vick made some truly stupid decisions, as children will do, but his punishment should have made him much wiser. It certainly put him square with the board (except for animal "rights" extremists). With his talent and a new attitude, Vick could be greater than Fran Tarkenton.

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55 F-100 02/21/09 - 09:38 am
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Michael Vick should be BANNED

Michael Vick should be BANNED from the NFL. Force him to play in the Canadian Football League or in the European Football League. In that way, he would be allowed to earn $$$ AND we would not be bombarded with news reports about this degenerate, hood-rat, and career thug. Moreover, make "MAD DOG" Vick take his MJ loving brother Marcus, and the matriarch of this criminal enterprise with him. Does anyone know how Ron Mexico is getting along with that pesky HERPES condition?

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americafirst 02/21/09 - 09:49 am
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Despite the heinous nature of

Despite the heinous nature of his crime, he should be allowed to earn a living in his chosen profession. The man was punished more for his crime than anyone else has been punished for the same criminal activity.

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bigfryer2003 02/21/09 - 10:46 am
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I agree people just dont get

I agree people just dont get it. You want this man punished for the rest of his life when you have a man that just swindled hundreds of people out of their life savings and is still living in his penthouse under house arrest he should be locked up or knocked off. Please let the racism Go!

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Jermaine 02/21/09 - 11:08 am
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This isn't racism. Whoever

This isn't racism. Whoever thinks it is has a deep rooted problem themselves. The fact that this man had enough money to enjoy any recreation he chose, and he chose to starve, fight, mutilate, torture, drown, hang, electrocute and beat dogs to death for his fun for over 7 years says a great deal about WHO he is.

Vick got more time than anyone else for dog fighting?? Really?? Google David Tant 30 years, Google Johnny Rae Lewis, 102 years, google Theodore Lock 5 years, Clinton Bartell Schneider 5 years, and even more if I wanted to take the time to look it up.

What MV did to these dogs for his entertainment will never be forgotten, the majority of the public is on to him.

NO MV in the NFL, never, ever again---

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joeuser 02/21/09 - 12:42 pm
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Almost one-third of NFL

Almost one-third of NFL players have a criminal record of some sort...and you have some that always seem to be in the vicinity of late-night shootings and murders at clubs. They are still playing. Being cruel to dogs is wrong, but there is a BIGGGGGGGG difference between being cruel to dogs and shooting, molesting, assaulting, and murdering human beings. Give Michael another chance. Honestly, if he had beat up his girlfriend and sent her to the hospital for 6 months he would get a light fine and still be playing. If he had been running an abortion mill and been killing babies, he would be lauded. He did something wrong. He screwed up. But for pete's sake put it in perspective. Animals and humans are not equal.

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Jim-bob 02/21/09 - 12:42 pm
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I see Patricia doesnt know

I see Patricia doesnt know anything about football either. When Vick was with Atlanta he was always one of the lowest rated passers in the NFL. Any comparison to Tarkentun is a joke. New attitude? Once a thug, always a thug.

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nino512 02/21/09 - 01:47 pm
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Jim-bob. Maybe you dont know

Jim-bob. Maybe you dont know Tark had a 80% rating not to far from Vicks 75.

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patriciathomas 02/21/09 - 04:53 pm
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Jim-bob, there's more to

Jim-bob, there's more to quarterbacking than passing. Vick has all of the material needed, he just needs to grow up and become a responsible adult. He tried the punk route and didn't turn out the way he wanted. Maybe he'll have a new attitude now. He can be every bit as good as Tarkenton if he chooses. "once a thug always a thug" ? Are you saying you have never changed your mind in your entire life?

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fred1217 02/21/09 - 07:07 pm
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Good comments Patriciathomas.

Good comments Patriciathomas. Once MV7 has paid his dues to society, he should be free to do whatever he pleases. This is still America. Reading some of these comments, you'd think we were in Iran or 1940's Mississippi. I didn't see this much venom spewed out at alleged murderers Robert Blake, Phil Spector or even Timothy McVeigh who killed 168 men, women and children in the Oklahoma Federal Building Bombing. I was very dissappointed in MV7, but to bannish him for life is cruel and unual punishment given the crime.

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GaJarrod 02/21/09 - 07:54 pm
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Whoever wrote this article

Whoever wrote this article took one day's news and neglected to research events that happened the very next day. A team spokesman made the statement that the 49ers were NOT interested in MV in the least. Wonder wny? Must have been all the emails and phone calls they received after Singletary made his comment. There are fans who say that Vick shouldn't return to the NFL, and there are fans who say he should. The common factor in most of those fans is that no one wants Vick to play for THEIR favorite NFL team. He is personna non grata and will be forever, as the public knows what a sick sadistic individual he must be. The only football MV should be allowed to play would be in his backyard, or on Xbox, if he can afford one. Not many fans are going to forget the graphic cruel and reprehensible images that are emblazoned in their memory when the name MV is mentioned. Personally, I think he should remain in prison for another 3 years. Considering the animal cruelty he admitted to, not to mention all the cruelty he probably actually committed that we the public will never know about, he should have been sentenced to at least 5 years. He should NEVER be allowed to return to the NFL.

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GaJarrod 02/21/09 - 08:18 pm
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Check it out: Teams that have

Check it out:

Teams that have made the statements that they have NO interest in MV--
http://www.profootballtalk.com/2009/02/14/the-anti-vick-list/

And now, the Seahawks can be added to this list

http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/football/archives/162511.asp?source=rss

Let's see how this list grows over the next few months--I love it!!

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patriciathomas 02/21/09 - 08:24 pm
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Maybe, GaJarrod, but I don't

Maybe, GaJarrod, but I don't think so. Not everyone remembers all of the panic in the news when Vick was busted. Had he not tried to do the cover-up, not much would have come of this case. As it was, the harder he tried to hide, the more the press would exaggerate and amplify. The bottom line is that not everyone feels Vick is a murderer and not everyone has a memory longer than a month. It'll take Vick a year to get back in playing shape and by then, he'll be a hot commodity. First as second string, then as headliner. This is sports.

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